An advocacy-cum-training on geographic information system (GIS) was carried out for the highland livestock officials from 3-7 March at the National Highland Research & Development Centre (NHRDC) Jakar, Bumthang. It was aimed to build the capacity of officials on the application of GIS tool in highland livestock development activities.
It was attended by 38 highland officials from NHRDC, National Research and Development Centre for Animal Nutrition, National Horse Breeding Farm and Integrated Yak Breeding Centre, Haa. Participants were introduced to QGIS free software and its application in general context. They also learn to install QGIS software, create maps, print quality maps using composer, create shape files, joining data, editing attribute table, geo processing tool (clipping and buffering) and importing and exporting data from QGIS to google earth and vis-a-vis. They further learn to gather field information using mobile SW maps and downloading the data to QGIS.
Most of the participants shared that the event was conducted in the right time and the resource person has customised the content and practical sessions especially for the highland officials. As a follow up to the event, participants had agreed to authenticate the current yak population and herder’s data, map highland products (wool, fibre, and milk products), migratory routes and Tsamdro for their respective gewog.
The event was organised by the Research and Extension Division and NHRDC with Dr. Bir Doj Rai, Regional Director, Regional Livestock Development Centre-Wangdue and Pema Ugyen, Sr. Livestock Production Officer from Punakha as resource persons.
Submitted by Research and Extension Division, Department of Livestock
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